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Saudi FM Stresses Kingdom’s Firm Stance on Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia, January 7, 2018

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stressed on Saturday that the Kingdom’s position on Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state “is firm and has not changed.”

He made his remarks during a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman al-Safadi in Amman where they are taking part in an Arab foreign ministers meeting on Jerusalem.

Jubeir added that there was close cooperation with Jordan to confront Iranian meddling in the region.

For his part, Safadi said that Amman and Riyadh’s stances are firm and united in protecting Arab rights.

During a joint press conference with Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit, the Jordanian official stressed that there can be no security in the region without the establishment of a Palestinian state, whose capital is Jerusalem.

He revealed that the Arab ministers meeting will set the next steps that will be taken in regards to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Safadi explained that there was a need to take calculated steps and measures to restore the Palestinian people’s rights, saying that Arabs wants to achieve permanent peace based on the two-state solution.

The Arab League will seek to acquire international recognition of the state of Palestine, whose capital is Jerusalem, he added.

For his part, Abul Gheit said that there is consensus that the peace process is a strategic choice for Arabs.

Earlier, Jordanian King Abdullah II said while receiving the foreign ministers attending the Amman conference that there was a need to resolve the Jerusalem crisis through a fair and permanent peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis that is based on the two-state solution.